EHR Intelligence December 4, 2019
Christopher Jason

Congress recently voted to lift the ban of funding for a national patient identifier (NPI) system, giving the system new life and potential in the near future.

For over two decades, the House of Representatives and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have debated the merits of a national patient identifier (NPI) system. The system would assign each United States citizen a unique number to be used across the healthcare system.

Congress’ reason for not providing funding primarily stemmed from a privacy concern.

But in June 2019, Congress voted to end the ban that bars HHS from funding NPIs. Organizations such as CHIME and HIMSS pressed Congress to lift the ban so that HHS could assist in funding...